Expressing Milk For A Baby Who Is Premature Or Ill

Expressing Milk For A Baby Who Is Premature Or Ill

Find out about expressing milk when your baby is premature or ill.

If your baby has to stay in hospital, it is important to start expressing your milk as soon as possible after your baby is born.

In order to ensure that you produce plenty of milk, you will need to express at least 8 times over 24 hours, including during the night.

Ask the hospital staff about holding your baby in skin-to-skin contact. This can help with bonding and keeping up your milk supply.

If you are freezing your milk because your baby is premature or ill, ask the staff caring for your baby for advice.

This page last reviewed 09 June 2013.
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